has welcomed the latest report on homelessness by the House of Commons
Communities and Local Government Committee.
Tidnam, director of operations at Thames Reach, pinpointed the importance of
the committee’s recommendation that, given the prevalence of mental ill health
among homeless people, especially those sleeping rough, it is essential that
local mental health services are able to work flexibly on the streets to help
rough sleepers access treatment.
He said: “The latest rough sleeping figures
for London indicate that a group of approximately 1,500 people have been on the
streets for two years or more. Living on the streets is dangerous. 83 people
who had slept rough have died during the past year.
least 500 people sleeping rough long-term are struggling with severe and
enduring mental health problems and aren’t getting proper access to appropriate
local mental health services need to reach out and work on the streets to offer
assessments and aid full access to ongoing mental health support," he added.